ISLAMABAD - A judge on Monday ordered police to refer the case of a Christian girl accused of blasphemy to a juvenile court, following a medical report that said she was 14.
"We have received the medical report which says she is aged 14. The investigation report of her case must be submitted in a juvenile court," Judge Raja Jawad Abbas said on Monday.
Rao Abdur Rahim, the lawyer for Rimsha's neighbour Hammad Malik, who originally accused her, objected to the medical report, but the judge told him he should apply to the juvenile court when it takes up the case.
The judge later adjourned the case until October 1, summoning to the next hearing local imam Hafiz Muhammed Khalid Chishti, who was arrested for allegedly adding pages from the Holy Quran to a bag of burnt papers to make a stronger case against the girl.
Rimsha, who is currently free on bail, was also asked to appear following an accusation from Rao Abdur Rahim that she had absconded to Norway. She and her family, who have been in fear for their lives since the blasphemy allegations, were moved to an undisclosed location after her release on bail on September 8.
An official medical report has classified her as “uneducated” and aged 14, but with a mental age younger than her years. Some others claim she is as young as 11 and suffers from Down's Syndrome.